Yesterday, Boeing announced a deal with Space Adventures to “offer commercial spaceflight opportunities.”
In the press release, Boeing says that “potential customers for excess seating capacity include private individuals, companies, non-governmental organizations, and U.S. federal agencies other than NASA.”
Laurie Sullivan explored the potential for commercial space exploration in her MediaPost Search Marketing Daily column: The Search For Spock: How SEO Might Help Boeing Market Commercial Space Flights.
Laurie explores how SEO might play a role in helping Boeing find potential customers. She cites SEO Training Dojo David Harry about how keyword research could be used.
“Ask them to search on Google for information about low orbit space travel at the consumer level,” Harry says. “Get then to try and book a flight searching from Google to see what they can actually do.”
Harry is taking a page (literally) from Chapter 14: You Can Learn a Lot from a Query by noting that search can be a great source of intelligence. Another application would be looking up the demographic profiles of people searching for “commercial space flights” and related queries using tools such as comScore and using that data to inform audience definition.
This was my response…
First step I’d say is defining the target audience.
This is way too broad: “private individuals, companies, non-governmental organizations, and U.S. federal agencies other than NASA.”
Depending on the price tag here, it’s likely the potential customer base is very small.
It will take some non-traditional marketing to reach this audience.
How do you reach Mark Cuban and Ashton Kutcher? Well, they’re on Twitter a lot.